Patients affected with rheumatoid arthritis have higher chances of developing cardiovascular complications later in life is a known fact. However, this predominance of cardiovascular diseases is slowly declining due to the large amount of efforts being put in early diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. A new study conducted by the doctors at Mayo Clinic showed this with evidence at the annual meeting of American College of Rheumatology.
How does rheumatoid arthritis affect the heart?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disorder affecting mainly the small joints of the body. The joints become warm, swollen and painful due to this chronic arthritis. It is seen that this inflammation is not confined to joints alone, but it affects other organs and tissues of the body too e.g. lungs, heart, muscles etc. The inflammation also plays an important role in damaging the blood vessels and is thus accounted as one of the major risk factors leading to heart disease in these patients. The inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis precipitates the formation of plaque; thereby narrowing the blood vessels. This plaque is actually a combination of cholesterol and calcium trapped together forming this hard substance which ultimately blocks the arteries, thereby reducing the blood circulation to heart. Often tiny pieces of this plaque break off and come into the blood circulation. These can clog small blood vessels and hamper the blood supply to vital organs which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Experts at Euromedic Healthcare understand these far reaching effects that rheumatoid arthritis patients can face. At our centre in Germany, we ensure extensive tests like chest x-rays and CT scans to look out for any such damage in the body. We offer comprehensive cardiac procedures like angiography to look out for such cardiac events that can be attended to in time to save lives.
How we can help
Studies reveal that the risk of developing heart related complications in patients suffering from RA is maximum in the first four years of diagnosis. It is here that the doctors at our Germany based centre of Euromedic healthcare come into play. Our expert and highly skilled cardiologists and cardiac surgeons here work as a team with the physicians, and a rheumatologist to look into the matter and decide what is the best medical intervention that can help a particular patient. Regular checkups, advanced blood reports and scans can help in averting these cardiac complications. All the cardiac interventions like angioplasty and bypass are provided under one roof at Euromedic healthcare at very affordable rates while maintaining world class standards of healthcare interventions.